Our apologies.

 

Since our last puzzle, "ITS HOT" based on the hot weather we were experiencing then, Summer seems to have disappeared. We clearly jinxed it. Sorry.

So as a valiant attempt to bring it back again....

 

What are the 7 letter words you can make with ITSWET and a blank ?

 

There are quite a few. A reasonable number to find would be between 5 and 10, but there are a few obscure ones too...

Answers below.

 

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With an A,  ITSWET makes TAWIEST, TWAITES

With a D you can make DEWITTS and TWISTED

With an E, WETTIES.

 

With an H you can make TEWHITS, WETTISH, WHITEST

With a N ENTWIST and TWINSET

With an O, TOWIEST.

 

With an R, RETWIST, TWISTER, WITTERS

and with a U - WETSUIT.

15 words in all. Well done if you got more than 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were going to have a different quiz this week but as ITS HOT, here is a question based on ITS HOT.

What 7 letter words can you make from ITSHOT and a blank.

 

There are 4, one of them is relatively obscure.

 

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HOTTIES

HOTTISH

OUTHITS

SOTTISH

From time to time you may find your rack contains rather a lot of consonants, and you may need to play a few of them off to keep a balanced rack. This is relatively straightforward if you have a 'Y' on the rack (hint : that's the next quiz). But what if you have no Y ?

 

So what are the three letter words containing no vowels or Y ? Answers below. (A small hint, two of them require a blank).

 

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BRR

CWM

GRR

HMM

MMM

NTH

PHT

PST

PWN

SHH

TSK

TWP

ZZZ

 

The letter X is commonly used in the middle or end of a word, but how many 2, 3, 4 and 5 letter words do you know that start with 'X' ?

 

Here are the answers...

 

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2s : XI   XU

3s : XED XIS   (note no XUS !!!)

4s : XRAY XYST

5s: XEBEC   XENIA   XENIC   XENON 

     XERIC    XEROX  XERUS  XOANA

     XRAYS   XYLAN  XYLEM   XYLIC

     XYLOL   XYLYL   XYSTI    XYSTS

 

 

    

     

 

 

 

 

 

Over the last few articles we have shown different methods for learning new words, but probably the method most people use is to learn from others.

 

 

 

Most Scrabble games contain at least one or two challenges. Use these words as the building blocks for learning new words. Last night for instance the words GOOG and SCORIAE were challenged.

 

GOOG is clearly a back hook for GOO, but what are the others ?

 

Does SCORIAE anagram to anything else ? What if the C was substituted for a blank – what bonuses can be made ?

 

 

 

It is important to remember that everyone comes with their own history of words.

 

A gardener would know SEQUOIA, but may not know the medical ILIA. Neither may know a statistician’s word, MEDIANS.

 

 

So if these words are challenged.. what associated lists can we make ?

 

 

SEQUOIA contains all 5 vowels. Are there any other 7 letter words that do this ?

 

ILIA contains three vowels including two Is. Are there others ? Are there any useful hooks to ILIA ?

 

MEDIANS has several anagrams, and contains the letters SANDIE. This is a relatively useful six letter stem, as you can make 38 words if you had SANDIE + a blank.

 

 

 

Reading books and listening/watching radio/TV are useful source of words. If a novel is set in a foreign country, it is likely that indigenous words are used. Think of the song “Waltzing Matilda” and SWAGMAN and BILLABONG immediately spring to mind.

 

Word learning may sometimes seem to be a random process:  learning words by accident as they played against you.

Sometimes words can be learnt by rote, or by using mnemonics, stories or word families.

 

Find the method which works best for you… and enjoy your learning!